BA Social Policy and Criminology

Start date
September
Duration
3 years
UCAS code
L673
Course Type
Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined
Fees

For 2020/21:
£9,250 (Home/EU students) 
£18,420 (International Students) 
More fees and funding details.

Do prisons do more harm than good? What is the relationship between poverty and crime? Our degree will offer you an exciting opportunity to examine issues which strike at the heart of many contemporary political and media debates.

Our Joint Honours Social Policy and Criminology degree combines popular subjects that offer complementary insights into a range of social problems and social harms.

The Social Policy and Criminology degree will enable you to consider the ways that different societies produce contrasting levels of 'problems' and 'harms', such as drug and alcohol addiction, homicide, homelessness and workplace injury. You will be encouraged to consider the reasons why these are designated as being either 'crimes' or 'social policy' issues and therefore are dealt with through contrasting 'welfare' or 'criminal justice' responses.

Students on this programme who meet the requisite academic performance criteria will be offered the opportunity to undertake a specialist placement during the second year of the programme.

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Modules

Modules in the first year

The programme comprises a number of core modules designed to develop student's knowledge and research skills and to support the progression to more independent forms of study.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Criminological Theory I
  • Crime and Society
  • Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science in Action Part I
  • Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science in Action Part I
  • Social Research I
  • Social Research II
  • Violence in a Global Context 

Modules in the second year

Core modules 

  • Policy Analysis
  • Social Research II
  • Punishment in a Global Context
  • Criminological Theory II

Optional modules

  • Doing Justice*
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • 'Sociology of Race’ and Ethnicity –  A Global Perspective
  • Terror, Threat and Security
  • Managing Health and Social Care
  • Contemporary Issues in Housing Policy
  • Self and Society
  • Media and Society
  • Global Societies

*Places are limited on this module by the availability of placements. 

Modules in the third year

Core module

  • Dissertation

You need to select 40 credits from the following modules

  • Harmful Societies: Crime, Social Harm and Social Justice
  • Youth Crime and Justice
  • Crime and the City

 Plus 40 credits from the following:

  • Prospects for Social Policy in the UK
  • From Beveridge to May: The Political History of the Welfare State From the Second World War to the Present Day
  • Quantitative Analysis I
  • Quantitative Analysis II
  • New Migration and Super Diversity
  • Your Money and Your Life: From Welfare State to Personal Finance
  • Sociology of Personal Life
  • Divided Publics?
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Political Sociology
  • Technology and Society
  • ‘Freedom’, Control and Critique
  • Drugs, Society, Politics and Policy 
  • Professional Development Module

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2020, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250. Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Learn more about fees and funding.

Home/EU students

Full-time: £9,250

Overseas students

Full-time Band 1 (Classroom): £18,420

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards .


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

How To Apply

Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com using code: L673
Learn more about applying

UCAS

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.

You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.

Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
ABB
General Studies:
Accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma accepted - grades required DDM-DDD

Typical offers when offered in combination with A Levels:  

  • BTEC Diploma DM-DD plus B in A level
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma D plus BB-AB in A levels 

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements

International Students

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,5,5 at Higher Level to include English with a minimum of 32 points overall

Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about International student entry requirements 

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

As a Birmingham student, studying a Social Policy and Criminology degree with us, you will be part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

The research-led teaching on our flexible Social Policy and Criminology degree course ensures an inspirational and enquiry-based learning environment in the lecture theatre, seminar room and on placement. 

How will I be taught?

During your time studying our Social Policy and Criminology degree, your learning will be facilitated through a blend of teaching, learning and assessment methods, and you will experience teaching through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, classes and tutorials.

Learning settings

Learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates). 

Personal tutors

You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studying of our Social Policy and Criminology degree. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham.

Support

We have dedicated welfare tutors who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond.

Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre's aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions to workshops on a range of topics including note taking, reading, writing and presentation skills.

Contact hours

Depending on the modules you select, each week you will have between 12 and 15 hours of lectures and classes, with lecturers on hand to answer additional questions outside of this timeframe.

Internships and work experience

We have developed a range of internships and funded work experience placements that form part of our Social Policy and Criminology degree and will enhance both your professional and personal skills whilst giving you the practical experience that is required by almost all graduate employers. In addition to funding and support, we offer unique opportunities to help you to rise above the competition, with global internships and placements available.

Your Birmingham Social Policy and Criminology degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. You will graduate as a highly employable, independent global citizen with a broad range of transferable skills.

Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services available to you on this Social Policy and Criminology degree, you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start your Social Policy and Criminology degree at the University of Birmingham. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham Social Policy and Criminology degree, our  Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive  work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with  mentoring,  global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning  Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline, all of which can be transferred into your studies.

Visit the University of Birmingham Careers pages for further information on how we are investing in your future.

Career opportunities

There are a number of job paths for you to take after graduating. There are graduate schemes in managing welfare services in health care, the third sector and local government which can be popular choices with our graduates. Since a Social Policy and Criminology degree is based upon how policy is made it is a great degree for working in the civil service, local government or for think tanks. Our graduate also gain students many transferable skills such as critical thinking, written and verbal communication and team work which give them the flexibility to go into a wide range of employment opportunities:

  • NHS management trainee scheme

  • Planning Officer

  • Charity co-ordinator

  • Marketing project manager

  • Social enterprise co-ordinator

  • Campaign manager for an MP

  • Youth worker

  • Researcher

  • Communications officer

  • Graduate land buyer

  • Benefits Officer

Opportunities to secure a career that is right for you can be enhanced not only through experiences that are available to you on your Social Policy and Criminology degree programme, but also through our specialist  Careers Network.